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Deep Tech Canada Mission to Tokyo, Japan

January 29, 20248:00am to February 2, 2024 @ 5:00pm
Tokyo Big SightTokyo, Japan
Nano Tech Japan 2024

Deep Tech Canada was delighted to be back in Tokyo, Japan for nano tech 2024.

January 29 – February 2, 2024

Deep Tech Canada participated in a trade mission to Tokyo, Japan. Nano tech Japan is one of the largest technology conferences and exhibitions in the world with over 30,000 visitors, 481 exhibitors from 32 different countries. We brought Deep Tech Canada members to the Canadian pavilion for business to business meetings, demonstrations and to grow Canada's international reach in deep tech.

Nano tech Japan 2024 group at Canadian embassy


We started the mission with an exciting day at the Embassy of Canada we listened to an insightful presentation on "Doing Business in Japan" by Taisuke Alex. Odajima, CEO, Edge of Innovation. We also explored the Nanotechnology Business Creation Initiative (NBCI) perspective for international partnerships with Mr. Ishii.

Deep Tech Canada renewed their MOU with NBCI and delegates networked over a lunch hosted by the Government of Alberta.

The afternoon consisted of a site visit to FUJIFILM Open Innovation Hub, and our Executive Director, Janice Warkentin toured the Quantum Life Science Center. The day ended with a relaxing dinner sponsored by NGen Canada.


Our second day was filled with innovation and exploration.
Delving into the heart of Shinjuku City, Tokyo, we explored collaboration opportunities in our aligned priority areas, including ICT, life sciences, and clean tech during a visit at Dai Nippon Printing

Our next stop took us to Tsukuba, where we had the privilege of visiting the renowned National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). Janice Warkentin shared Deep Tech Canada’s vision and mission and spoke about Canadian strengths in Deep Tech.

Delegates pitched their business opportunities to both DNP and AIST, shedding light on the forefront of technological advancement and fostering collaboration across borders.

Wrapping up the day on a high note, we shared laughter, stories, and authentic Korean cuisine at Akihabara Fukuju. It was more than just an amazing meal; it was a bonding experience that strengthened our connections and fueled our passion for innovation. 


We arrived at Day 1 of Nano Tech Japan 2024 at the spectacular Tokyo Big Sight conference centre. We were in great company with our exhibitors, delegates and provincial representatives alongside the Trade Commissioner Service, Embassy of Canada in Japan. The day ended with Deep Tech Canada’s presentation at the Asia Nanotechnology Forum. 


Janice Warkentin gave a presentation on the latest progress of nanotechnology R&D and business promotion at the 16th Nanotech Association Conference –  NBCI Nanotechnology Business Creation Initiative
Deep Tech Canada and two of its members, Applied Quantum Materials, and Nanalysis got the chance to participate in a seminar on the Cutting edge of Nanotechnologies, AI and Quantum Technologies from Canada 

A fun-filled Nano Biz networking reception, hosted by the nano tech Executive Committee and the Nanotechnology Business Creation Initiative.The Honourable Matt Jones, Alberta's Minister of Jobs, Economy and Trade (JET) had the honor of partaking in the traditional sake opening ceremony. Attendees also go to enjoy spirits from Alberta, thanks to Edmonton Global and cider and beer from Québec, thanks to the Government of Québec.


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February 1



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Thanks to the leadership of Deep Tech Canada, and with the support of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service and Trade and Invest British Columbia, we've seen remarkable progress in expanding our business development efforts in Japan and Korea. As a direct result of the trade missions in 2023 and 2024, we have provided material to 20+ companies for testing and evaluation purposes. This has led to several sales into Japan and near-term prospective sales into Korea. As an SME, our resources are limited, but because of Deep Tech Canada, through their exceptional network, the pavilion, site visits, and business-to-business meetings, allow us to concentrate on business development. The profile and exposure we have gained has been extraordinary. Now after our third mission with Deep Tech Canada, our customer base has strengthened with each visit, reinforcing our commitment and seriousness in the market to our customers.

Gurminder Minhas, Managing Director
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Applied Quantum Materials Inc.

Applied Quantum Materials had another successful mission to Japan. The Deep Tech Canada team assembled a well organized mission and trade show. Importantly, they provided introductions to key technology companies and organizations that we can engage and partner with.

Invest Alberta

It was an honour to participate recently as a member of Deep Tech Canada’s business delegation at Nano Tech Japan 2024 in Tokyo for engagement with Japanese companies. Many thanks to Janice Warkentin and her amazing team for organizing the delegation. 🏯 

As I have said for years, Alberta’s economic destiny this century is tied to the Indo-Pacific region, most especially Japan. From energy, to agriculture, to tech and advanced manufacturing, etc., there exists great economic complementarity between Alberta and Japan. Furthermore, Alberta and Japan have shared open society values and a commitment to a rules-based international order. Alberta-Japan relations will continue to grow strong. 🇨🇦 🇯🇵 💪🏻 


Jordan Walker, Manager of Corporate Development
Invest Alberta
Former MLA for Sherwood Park 


A huge thank you to all our sponsors! Deep Tech Canada missions are hugely successful because of the efforts of our partners at home and abroad, along with the generous contributions from industry, government, and academia.

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